OUR MISSION
The Desert Foothills Leadership (DFL) ACADEMY is driven by a strong community desire to be a part of the creation of our future leaders. The partnerships mission is to educate, energize, and engage emerging leaders with a goal of enriching community life while responsibly mapping our future and sustaining our natural resources for generations to come. All of this is done through a focus on strengthening participants understanding of the Past, Current, and Future potential of the Sonoran Desert Foothills.
WHO WE ARE
The Desert Foothills Leadership (DFL) Academy was founded in 2018 through an exclusive partnership between The Carefree-Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce and The Holland Center.
“The Academy was created after an unmet need was identified through focus groups and discussions with our members and community stakeholders,” said Patty Villeneuve, President/CEO of the Carefree – Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce.  “Our hope is to fill this need and become an important component in the development of future leaders.”
“There is so much to know about the Desert Foothills Community and our partnership with the Chamber will allow us to tap the necessary resources and knowledge base. Our graduates will gain the insight needed to best serve our community,” said Jennifer Roswell, Executive Director of the Holland Center.”
WHAT THE ACADEMY WILL DO FOR YOU
·        Enhance your personal leadership and professional skills
·        Build the confidence and skills required to take on leadership roles in the Desert Foothills Region
·        Broaden your breadth and scope of knowledge about the Desert Foothills Region  
·        Create relationships with region
·        Develop valuable professional networks 
·        Gain insight as to where your talents and goals will best serve the Desert Foothills Region

The Academy will take place over an 8 month period and include both on-site and “classroom” training incorporating subject matter experts presentations, on-site tours, panel discussions, and hands-on training. Areas to be covered include Health Care, Tourism, Technology, Sustainability, Innovation, Education, Land Usage/Growth, Social Services, Arts, Local Issues, Transportation, Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG), Leadership Training/Styles, and Public Safety. The Inaugural Academy is scheduled to begin January 2021 and include up to 20 participants. For additional information or to apply for the Academy, please visit us at: www.desertfoothillsleaders.org
The Desert Foothills Leadership (DFL) Academy is driven by a strong community desire to be a part of the creation of our future leaders. The partnerships mission is to educate, energize, and engage emerging leaders with a goal of enriching community life while responsibly mapping our future and sustaining our natural resources for generations to come. All of this is done through a focus on strengthening participants understanding of the Past, Current, and Future potential  of the Sonoran Desert Foothills.
29 Years
Rancho Manana Golf Club 
13 Years
Lowe's Home Improvement 
11 Years
Tyrol Insurance 
Foothills Caring Corps 
10 Years
First American Title 
8 Years
Sanderson Lincoln 
7 Years
Quality interactive Montessori 
6 Years
Cave Creek Financial Associates  
5 Years
Discovery Map 
3 Years
Cave Creek Montessori 
Ciolim
Premier Estate Planning 
2 Years
Heart and Soul café 
Fantasico’s 
1 Year
Binkley & Associates 
Pinnacle Fitness 
Purse Impressions 
The Wealth Store 
Welcome to the Chamber of Commerce community! We look forward to seeing you and getting to know you at our events.

Ofrenda Cave Creek
K. Hovnanian Homes
North Scottsdale Club Pilates (returning after a year or two)
Southwest Window Fashions
Windwalker Expeditions
On November 18, the newly appointed Carefree Town Council concluded its strategic planning session, and outlined the high level goals it wishes to accomplish over the next 24-month period. As a part of this session, staff further outlined the objectives and strategies for economic development. In a nutshell, the Town, funded primarily through sales tax, estimates that, by 2030, there will be a $3 million to $3.5 million dollar shortfall in the budget. As consideration for meeting this projected shortfall, and in lieu of an ad valorem tax, a sales tax strategy was presented.

Before outlining the key objectives, it is important to note that what is driving the projected shortfall is: 1. Town has historically counted on one-time construction sales tax, which will decrease as we near build-out 2. As the Valley grows faster than Carefree, our percentage of state shared revenue decreases. 3. The cost of services is increasing at a faster rate than sales tax receipts 4. The current Carefree infrastructure is aging, and replacement and maintenance costs are increasing. The reality is, Carefree needs to increase its monthly recurring revenue in order to sustain the recurring cost of services. 

Fortunately, Carefree already has assets that will help towards achieving the ultimate goal. 1. NEC of Carefree Highway and Cave Creek Road. This 24-acre commercial site is a prime location for further regional and community retail. It is the single best opportunity to add sales tax in the short-run, and the Town is actively engaging developers on this site. 2. Town Center has been the heart and soul of the community since its inception. The Town plans to engage in a master plan process to further build upon previous planning exercises, that will maximize the area’s potential. 3. Carefree has all the makings of a wellness/ecotourism resort destination. With Civana, Hampton Inn, Spirit in the Desert, and access to Bartlett Lake and the Tonto National Forest, Carefree already is a place people seek. The Town will implement strategies to further build upon this, and create a resort based cluster. 
However, our current commercial land base won’t enable the amount of commercial growth required, and will need to work cooperatively with property owners to formally designate additional commercial areas. These include: 1. NWC Carefree Highway and Tom Darlington. This 21-acre site has excellent potential for resort and neighborhood based retail. 2. The State Land Parcel on Cave Creek Road, south of Sky Ranch Airport. In total, this 40 acre site also has excellent potential for a mixed use residential/commercial development with the goal of adding a hospitality component. It is the Town’s goal to redesignate these locations as commercial, through a 2021 major general plan amendment.

While this outlines the key initiative, you can view the full Council presentation, please visit the Carefree.org website. If you have any questions or comments, or simply wish to get more information, please feel free to email Steve Prokopek at steve@carefree.org or call at 623-694-2605. The plan will be formally adopted December 2, 2020. As with any plan, it is a work in progress, and the Town plans to make extensive efforts to engage the public on input and progress, as we endeavor to maintain the unique and wonderful character of Carefree.
Town of Cave Creek Dates to Remember:
MONDAY, DECEMBER 7 - Regular Town Council Meeting
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9 - Water Advisory Committee Meeting
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17 - Planning Commission Regular Meeting
MONDAY, DECEMBER 21 - Regular Town Council Meeting
** This video was recorded prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and before social distancing rules applied.**
Education is the vehicle that expands our minds and gives us the foundation to build a better life. Your philanthropic support of PVCC is vital to providing our students the opportunities they need to succeed.
Thank you for considering an investment in our mission. Every gift makes a difference to our campus and our community.
We are grateful!
Sincerely,
Jessi Wright, CFRE
Director of Development, Alumni and Community Relations
Kraig Nelson, Cave Creek Museum Historian

The Hohokam were living in the Cave Creek area about 1,270 years ago, arriving in approximately A.D. 750. In the 1870s, their abandoned canals (“ditches”) were revitalized by early Cave Creek Anglos to nurture thirsty crops. We know the Hohokam were master engineers as demonstrated by the fact approximately 1,000 miles of primary and secondary canals have been identified in the Phoenix Basin. The Hohokam were the only prehistoric cultural group to rely on a canal system, irrigating approximately 110,000 acres. Impressively, sixteen types of crops were cultivated by the ingenious farmers.
With the cultivation of crops, stable communities developed which provided a new concept “hunting and gathering” societies didn’t have—surplus time.  Surplus time provided the ability to pursue cultural and societal-enhancing endeavors which included the development of utilitarian and artistic pottery. Fortunately for us, their pottery legacy became an important mechanism for historical communication between the prehistoric Hohokam and us. The Hohokam didn’t have a written language.
Before the development of pottery, the Hohokam created coiled baskets which were typically woven with durable willow fibers or arrowweed. Some archaeologists speculate that lining the woven baskets with clay led to pottery technology. The burgeoning agrarian society provided the stimulation for production of pest-resistant and water-tight containers which would facilitate storage. Many stored foods required reheating and ceramic technology that withstood fire developed.
The raw material for pottery was Sonoran Desert clay. Local clays were mixed with water and yielded a soft base. To strengthen and prevent the clay from breaking during the intense firing process, items called temper, such as sand, mica, phyllite, or crushed pottery sherds were added. The kiln was a mesquite-fueled, sub-surface, hole-in-the-ground. If some of the fiery wood touched the pots creating black splotches, “fire clouds” were created.
The process used to form pottery was called the paddle-and-anvil method (a different system was used in northern Arizona: the coil method). The pots were worked simultaneously from the outside with wooden paddles and from the inside with small cobbles or “anvils,” If painted, hair or yucca-fiber brushes were used. Sizes of vessels ranged from miniature to substantial twenty-five gallon jars called “ollas.” Pottery incorporated a wide variety of shapes and functions including plates, bowls, pitchers, scoops, and jars.
Archaeologists John P. Andrews and Todd W. Bostwick, Ph.D., Hohokam specialists, tell us Hohokam pottery was generally of three types: plain, red, and red-on-buff decorated wares. Decorated pottery utilized many images including geometric, human, mammal, reptile, fish, bird, snake, and flower designs.
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